Can priests marry?

@dian21 (606)
Philippines
June 29, 2010 3:00am CST
I just heard from someone that there is a group of priests that are trying to make a petition for them to get married even if they are in priesthood. I have heard about this years ago already and someone has told me again about it. I just don't know if it is already taking effect. Personally, I don't agree about this. What about you mylotters, would you agree about this?
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
29 Jun 10
I have believed for years that a priest should be allowed to marry. Its just not fair that everyone else can marry and not a priest. I also believe a nun should be able to get married too. It would prevent alot of problems that both nuns and priest have in their lives. I think its a very lonely life when you are not allowed to have a family and only be married to the church.
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• Mexico
29 Jun 10
Hi lelin: I totally agree with your statement and I also would like to add that it will be good that women could be priests, bishops, cardinals and eventually popes. For me these changes should be done in my religion and these are justa few human laws that has little or no support on the Bible. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
29 Jun 10
Oh that is true I forgot about that. I agree that females should be allowed to become priest, bishops, cardinals and a pope.
• United Arab Emirates
29 Jun 10
I personally think that the priests should marry. every human being has feelings and they tend to go in a wrong way. Well it was not the same a few years back. With fashion increasing the temptation is also increasing. How do you expect the priests to stay away from so much of tempation.
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• Mexico
29 Jun 10
HI edward joy: I agree with you. Priests are humans too and even if they want to live a spiritual life I think it's not fair to put make them chose between their choice and the possibility of being married. I have known many people that are married and that could be good priest. Hopefullt this will change. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 Jun 10
This is something that the church imposes to help control the loyality of the priests toward the church. I think it has always been a political thing even if teh church has dressed it up in religious clothing. In some religions it's a question of energy, they believe to be truly dedicated to God one must focus all energy toward that end. In these religions not only marriage is covered with this custom but almost all social interests outside of those who hold like views is discouraged. I think as with most ideas if this is what you want to do go for it, if not don't tie yourself up with vows you can't live up too.
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• Mexico
29 Jun 10
Hi savy pat: I think that's a good argument to defend the Chruch position. However, I think that a man can be a good religious leader and a good father at the same time. Many Christian religions allow their priest to get married and I think that in the future this will change. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
not all catholic priest are perverts or rapist. But i find it unfathomable that they cover it up. i always believe that they must not even if they can because of only one reason. It is really hard to serve him and then serve your family. Your attention will be divided that you cannot do both fully. Your family needs you to work so your kids will have clothes, go to school and such and i think being a priest you cannot do that unless you live frugally. well thats my two cents thank you
@dian21 (606)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
I agree with you. You need to have a decent job to be able to sustain the need of your family especiall the children. Being a priest is a lifetime commitment unless they will quit from it. Where will they get a living if he is a priest?
• Canada
30 Jun 10
I think part of the reason the Catholic church doesn't want priests to marry is so they don't have to pay them enough to support a family. Of course now days few companies do seem to pay their employees enough to support a family but that's a different problem. Other branches of Christianity have married priests so this obviously can be done. Also I think that having a family will help a priest to understand his flock. In other Christian denominations priests' wives often help them with their ministry.
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
even if i agree that some branches of christianity has solved the problem of money. But i think it is still hard enough of juggling family with god.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I live here in the philippines where they are many Catholics, and i already heard a lot of stories about a Catholic priest getting married. YES, they can marry, but before that, they must leave their priesthood., Their superior say their Bishop, will first discuss it with the Priest and if the priest still decides to continue getting out of Priesthood then, the Bishop will a file a letter to their higher in Vatican. and when the Vatican says his out of priesthood, thats the time they can get married. I heard this from a fellow friend who enters priesthood. Simply having a girlfriend or a wife while still a Priest is a violation of their pledge to serve the Church and God. like those other comments above, it will corrupt them.
@dian21 (606)
• Philippines
5 Jul 10
That's my opinion too. That's normal for them to like or to love a woman. But before getting married, they should leave priesthood first. Because being a priest require a lot of service and time and has no formal salary. To build his own family will nee so much of his time and attention and needs salary to raise his children. How can he do that if he will just depend on the money of the church or people's donations.
• Mexico
29 Jun 10
Hi dian: At this moment it's not possible that a priest get married in the Catholic Church and they have done this for the discipline of the Church itself. When Priests have children, there were a lot of problems about corruption on the church and that was a solution at this moment. However, I beleive this must be changed and that priest have the right to have their own families. Thanks for asking us this question. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
@dian21 (606)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
Yes. They are humans too and they also feel what other men feel. But choosing this vocation entails many sacrifices. One of those is being celebate. I'm just thinking also what if they get married while being a priest, where will they get the financial needs to support a family? From the church's money, donations? Which should be used by church activities..I being a catholic, would love to donate money to the church if the whole community will be benefited, but not to feed the family of that priest. He has to leave priesthood and look for a decent job to provide for his family. So for me, this is really impossible.
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
I could say that they can. If you base in the bible God created man and woman. There is no such thing in the bible that prohibits the man or woman from getting married. We could serve the Lord even when we get married.Every person could spread the gospel of Jesus Christ whether married or single. Prophets in the Old Testament are all married. They were guided by Heavenly Father in their endeavor to spread the good news, the coming of the Messiah. It is not also indicated in the New Testament that men are forbidden to marry in order to spread the gospel, though, we have not read of the family of the apostles.
@airakumar (1555)
• India
30 Jun 10
Yes, of course they can marry. A priest can be married. That is another teaching that Catholics teach that isn't a Biblical truth. Most married Catholic priests are part of the Eastern Catholic Churches, also known as the Eastern Rite, who can be found in places like the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, the Ukraine, and other nations along the border between Western and Eastern Christianity. These churches are under the jurisdiction of the Vatican and they recognize the authority of the pope; however, their practices and traditions are much closer to those of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. One of those traditions is allowing priests to marry.
@markphil (285)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
They can marry depending on the rules of their religion. When we talk about love, they are just a person who has the right to love and to be loved. Their only difference is that they are the messenger of God's words and commandments.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I think its okay that they get married rather than end up sinning just like what I heard from stories about priests. I dont think its in the bible that they should not marry. I think that idea that priest should not marry is just a tradition and its just passed on from one generation to another. If they are having a petition about it then let them have it. They got a point anyway.
@Ezra710 (137)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Catholic priests cannot marry. The vatican will probably never allow it. Letting them marry now will never change the terrible things those young children and nuns went through at the hands of men submitting to their lists. I think they should let them marry. Of course I left the Catholic faith years ago when I rebelled as a young teen. Now I'm born again and I do not follow the Catholic doctrine. My pastor is happily married.
@kharlav (1672)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I believe it is okay, it does not say in the bible that servers of God have to stay single. Even pastors marry, why not the priests?.. the reason why priests cant marry its because it has been chosen by their religion not to marry, and not God.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
29 Jun 10
I believe that Priests should have a choice whether to marry or not.
• United States
29 Jun 10
I think it goes priest cannot married but ministers can.